About 400 people attend event

The Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club was packed out on Thursday morning for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea.

About 400 people were in attendance for the fundraiser, which included guests from the Cancer Council and Wakefield MP Nick Champion.

Members of the Gawler 15 youth program provided hospitality for the event which included tea, coffee, cakes, pasties and sausage rolls.

Cancer Council Ambassador Sophie Hughes gave a touching speech to the audience about her battles with cancer.

Mrs Hughes has lost her mother, a brother, husband and son to the disease.

Fellow ambassador Annette James also addressed the crowd.

She said the Cancer Council was there to “thank, celebrate and recognise” the support of the Gawler Community for the organisation.

Ms James thanked the community for their fundraising efforts, which hit extra close to home when she last year received a phone call that her father was diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Council Community Fundraising officer Emma McKee attended the Biggest Morning Tea at Gawler for the first time on Thursday.

Ms McKee said she was impressed with the turnout.

“It is amazing,” she said.

“For myself this is the first Biggest Morning Tea I have been to for the Gawler branch, but I know that if the venue was larger they would have more people here.

“It is fantastic, it is probably one of the bigger Morning Tea’s we have in South Australia.

“People have it in their calendar, I am sure when they are leaving today they will be asking when is next years so that they can put it in the calendar.”

Last year, about 350 people took part in the Biggest Morning Tea at Gawler, raising close to $15,000.

Ms McKee said that the Gawler community’s continued support of the event encompassed what the Biggest Morning Tea was about – pitching in and helping out.